Android App Update: New Design, New Premium Features!

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If you use the SparkPeople Mobile app on an Android device, you may have noticed things look a little different today. Cleaner and quicker. Easier on the eye. Just…better.

It’s true, we did make some changes to our app. (Good eye. ) Starting today, you can download the newest version of SparkPeople Mobile, which now conforms to the standards of Material Design.

What Is Material Design?


It’s a design language that Google developed a few years ago for all of its websites and apps. (If you use Gmail, YouTube or Google Maps, you might recognize some of the design elements that you now see in our app.) Google developed the design structure to make sure their apps looked good and were easy to use. After they rolled out the design to their own apps, they provided all Android app developers the specifications for their new language.


Why  Bring Material Design to SparkPeople Mobile?


Our new design makes the app easier on the eyes, but also so much easier to use. For example, we got rid of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. Instead of clicking through the app by finding the right menu or submenu, you can now use the small, blue “plus” button at the bottom right of the screen. This button will open a series of options for you to select, depending on which screen you’re on. As you can see, the options on the home screen are pretty different than the options on the Log page:



By giving you options based on the screen you’re on, we can help you get around the app faster.

One Hamburger, Simplified Navigation


Another thing you might notice--after you’ve poked around a bit--is that we didn’t get rid of the navigation altogether; we just made the navigation much, much easier to use. Check out the three horizontal lines at the top left of every screen (in the design world, we call this a hamburger menu). We’ve put all of the different sections of the app in this hamburger menu, in a logical, easy-to-understand order. No more clicking around the app, trying to figure out how to get to a screen you can’t locate. Now, just click the hamburger and go where you need to be.

Quick note on the Friend Feed: we kept your Friend Feed at the bottom of the homescreen, because it just seemed to fit there. So if you're having a problem finding the friend feed, just scroll down to the bottom of your home scren. ;)

Poke around the app and let us know what you think! We’ve been using the app internally for a few weeks now and we just love the design, and we hope you will too.

But Wait, There's More!


Starting today, with this new version of the app, all SparkPeople Premium members can now export their individual health and fitness data into a spreadsheet. (All Premium members can now use this feature, but only Android users can do this in the app. Don’t worry iOS users--this feature will be coming to your app in a few weeks.)

Why does this matter? Because it’s your data and you should be able to do what you want with it. One of the main perks of Premium is the advanced reporting it provides, and this seemed like the logical next step to us. You can request a download on the Premium screen in the app, or the Premium page on our site and we’ll send you a link to download your report once it’s ready. So for all you spreadsheet nerds out there (I know there’s more of you than just me), get ready to get analytical!

And if you don’t have Premium yet, but have really been thinking about it, why don’t you treat yourself? It’s only a $30, one-time payment (not yearly), and it’s so, so good.
As always, we’d love to hear what you think about the new changes. Leave us a comment below withquestions, concerns or compliments and we’ll make sure to reply.  


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Comments

  • 12
    Why is there no quick way to access spark teams from the app? That's the one thing I really miss. Otherwise, I love the app! - 6/7/2017   8:39:02 AM
  • 11
    OH SHOOT !! It's past midnight and now I want a HAMBURGER !!

    LOL J/K TY for the new design because when I first used it I found somethings I just couldn't get to. I'll try it tomorrow when I am more awake and less hungry.

    :) - 6/7/2017   12:20:20 AM
  • 10
    Hi all, it's me again. I was working on getting ready for New Year's, but now I'm back to answer your questions. Hope this helps!

    -POOKIE-: I passed your suggestion along to our team. We probably won't be revisiting the design of the app for a little while after such a big update, but we'll definitely keep it on our list.

    SANDYMAC05: I passed along your suggestions. We wanted to make sure the navigation wasn't too cluttered for the launch, but we may be able to add it to the nav in the future.

    REIKOMINDER: All these suggestions have been passed along to the team. However, we suggest you use the GPS tool that's already on your phone, using the Google Fit app, which integrates into our app. :)

    FANCYQTR, shoot us an email at support@sprkpeople.com and we'll help you out.


    - 1/9/2017   2:29:27 PM
  • 9
    Do you have to add the app like a new app or is there a way to update the app that is on there? Also, do you have to have the premium to get it? - 12/14/2016   12:20:08 AM
  • 8
    Thanks a lot for the improvements, but i hope soon the following will be added to the app:
    - the links under the premium daily videos.
    - "Track more goals" on the website.
    - "Goal board check-In" on the website.
    - Weight / Measurements Reports.
    - And if possible a a GPS tracking tool for walking/running.
    - An option to add at least 2 photos, so i can add 2 motivation photos for myself or other things to motivate me each time i use the app.

    Again thanks a lot of your effort. - 12/13/2016   8:08:57 AM
  • 7
    Love the updates to the App. Navigation is super easy now. Any chance in the future you would add features to spin the bonus wheel and do the team bonus points? I am unable to do this from my mobile device either via app or mobile web page. Thanks for the recent improvements. - 12/12/2016   7:08:36 PM
  • 6
    SPARK JOE thanks for responding, could the friend feed be BEFORE chat and blogs, I understand people want to view all these easily, but our friends are friends for a reason and they should be first before the chat/blogs of others. Simply re-ordering it should make the friend feed faster to get too, without having to scroll past impersonal things, but keep them there for after accessing our friends! - 12/9/2016   8:01:00 AM
  • 5
    Hi everyone, it's the guy who wrote this blog, here to answer some questions:

    PROVERBS31JULIA, the "ads" were our mistake and they've been taken care of. That video is an article recommendation widget we're testing, but it shouldn't have been shown to Premium members. We have fixed it as of 8:30am this morning EST and you won't see it again. Our apologies for that one. :)

    POOKIE, we didn't want to make the new navigation super long, so we didn't add the friend feed to the hamburger menu. We are open to figuring out ways to making it easier to find and are discussing it as a team. We'd love to hear any suggestion you might have.

    PURPLEGIRL22, we'd love to hear your suggestions. We do have a team of beta testers that we work with before we release the app, but there are a good number of moving parts. We'll look for the spelling mistake and will fix it. :)

    BOWDIDDLE, we're so happy to hear it! - 12/8/2016   9:41:08 AM
  • 4
    Great job! I love the new design! Premium has what I need to keep motivated and it's with me where ever I go! Thanks a bunch! - 12/8/2016   6:55:38 AM
  • 3
    I think that some of these changes need to go through a beta stage before implementation. I think there are still some opportunities with the updated app.
    Btw, you have with questions as one word. - 12/8/2016   6:23:14 AM
  • 2
    Thats a REALLY long scroll past random chats and random blogs before you actually get to see content from people you are interested in. Can't the friend feed be on a button without having to scroll so far past things we are not interested in? - 12/8/2016   5:42:58 AM
  • 1
    I'll have to check it out as soon as I reactivate my Consumer Cellular Android - but waiting for the iOS changes too.

    Not digging the "ads" in my premium though, even though it's "ads" for SparkPeople content - the video slows down my internet.

    And wow, I paid $29.95 so I guess I saved a whole nickle...

    :) - 12/7/2016   5:51:57 PM

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